Israel news

MK campaigns for release of Jews convicted of terror offences

By Daniel Easterman, March 19, 2014

Outspoken Likud MK Miri Regev is leading a letter-writing campaign calling for the release of several “nationalistic” Jewish prisoners convicted of terrorism against Palestinians and Arab citizens of Israel.

The demand comes as Israel prepares to release the fourth and final round of Palestinian prisoners on March 29, a move that is deeply controversial.

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British ‘execution’ that changed Israeli history

By Patrick Bishop, March 14, 2014

On the morning of 12 February 1942, a British detective shot dead a Jewish fugitive in a tiny rooftop flat in Tel Aviv.

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Now, that’s what we call a social feed: Tel Avivians plan record Shabbat meal

By Nathan Jeffay, March 13, 2014

The Channel 4 comedy Friday Night Dinner summed up what a struggle it can be even getting a family of four to sit down for their roast chicken.

But young Tel Avivians are convinced they can get 1,000 people all celebrating Shabbat together.

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Gaza terror group declares ceasefire

By Sandy Rashty, March 13, 2014

Islamic Jihad has announced a ceasefire after launching a massive rocket barrage at southern Israel over the past 24 hours.

The Gaza terror group said that the truce had been brokered by Egypt – but Israel has not yet confirmed it.

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Israeli newspaper Maariv close to bankruptcy

By Daniel Easterman, March 13, 2014

Israeli daily newspaper Maariv ceased regular publication this week as its owner sought the court’s protection from creditors.

British-Israeli publisher Shlomo Ben-Tzvi bought the ailing Maariv a year-and-a-half ago, promising to return the paper to its former glory.

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Israeli wedding turns nasty

By Nathan Jeffay, March 13, 2014

A wedding in Petach Tikva, Israel, took a nasty turn last week when an over-enthusiastic groom stamped too hard on the glass and ended up with large pieces perforating his foot.

Medics arrived on the scene within minutes, and were ordered by the hosts to change to plain clothes to avoid panicking the guests.

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Cameron tells Knesset that Britain’s commitment to Israel’s security is rock solid

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 13, 2014

SCROLL DOWN FOR AUDIO OF DAVID CAMERON'S SPEECH TO THE KNESSET

On the face of it, the barrage of rockets fired from Gaza into southern Israel, a giant row over laws passing through the Knesset and the chaotic fall-out from a Foreign Ministry strike all threatened to overshadow Prime Minister David Cameron’s visit to Israel this week.

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Political war looms as Charedi draft becomes law

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 13, 2014

Three controversial laws were passed by the Knesset this week in a legislative push that created rare unity among the opposition.

The laws raised Israel’s electoral threshold to 3.25 per cent, established criminal sanctions against Charedi yeshiva students who refuse to enlist in the IDF and that any decision to relinquish Israeli-held territory will have to be authorised by a referendum.

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Southern Israel under massive rocket barrage from Gaza

By Daniel Easterman, March 12, 2014

Islamic Jihad has claimed responsibility after more than 100 rockets and mortar rounds were fired at Israel from Gaza earlier today, the largest such attack since 2012.

Most of the rockets fell in open areas away from population centres but one rocket hit a residential district. No casualties on the Israeli side have so far been reported.

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Knesset passes Charedi draft law

By Daniel Easterman, March 12, 2014

A contentious new law that will criminalise strictly Orthodox yeshivah students who evade Israeli army service was passed by Knesset this morning.

The so-called "Draft Law" was approved by 65 to 1, with a Jewish Home MK casting the only "no" vote. Most of those who opposed the law simply boycotted the vote.

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